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RATINGS: 3412   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.76   SEASONAL: Winter   EST. CALORIES: 204   ABV: 6.8%
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Sierra Nevada Celebration Ale represents a time honored tradition of brewing a special beer for the holiday season. There are generous portions of barley malts and fine whole hops of several varieties, creating a brew with a full, rich and hearty character.


Jonathan3584's rating

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Jonathan3584 (323) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - JUL 25, 2005
2003 vintage on tap at the Blind Tiger in Manhattan. Copper color with a nice white, foamy head. Smell is very mellowed compared to what I’d expected -- strong American hops are present, but take a background seat to caramel malt. Flavor is pleasantly sweet, with the hops coming in at the finish to give it a wonderfully balanced bitterness. Really enjoyable.


3.9
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Kurtos (115) - Sydney, AUSTRALIA - MAY 20, 2015
Bottle.(2014 vintage) Pours a nice dark amber. Taste. Very bitter and very grapefruit forward, also with a slight pine and sweet caramel backing. Overall. Very bitter and not for the feint hearted, whilst i think this is a very redeeming quality, this would get another couple of rating points if they kept or maybe even toned down the bitterness, to let the non bitter flavours of the hops present themselves better.

2.7
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 9/20
mrol (40) - - MAY 18, 2015
On tap. Light aroma and orange color. Medium cloudiness, slightly fruity start on this and a little bitterness on the finish. Weak. Really not a good beer.

4.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
neurbob (9) - - MAY 17, 2015 does not count
Bottle from Total Wine, to Shaker Appearance: orange/ red, persistent head Aroma: cereal, conifer, some fruit/spice Taste: Sweeter than the Torpedo, more malty, slight spice, plenty of bitter Palate: Medium body, bitter complex finish. Really good stuff.

3.9
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Listigovers (438) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - MAY 4, 2015
Very rich aroma, reddish colour with a white lasting head. Medium to full bodied with an equal balance of hops and malt, bitter in the front with fades to a good malt backbone.

2.6
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
JMCtime (67) - Washington, USA - APR 25, 2015
Very fresh citrus flavors with mild pine notes. A touch on the bitter side.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Cuso (5682) - Bratislava, SLOVAK REPUBLIC - APR 21, 2015
Bottle from Damian Beer. Amber color with medium off-white head. Nice citrus hoppy aroma with malty notes. Taste, solid malt backbone with caramel, followed by light citrus hoppy touch with herbal notes. medium long hoppy bitter finish with herbal touch. Good, but not stellar.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
whoisghost (97) - Perth, AUSTRALIA - APR 16, 2015
A nice, dark amber colour, bordering on red ale colours with a creamy beige head. Beautiful hoppy aroma, lots of sweet malt scents with hints of cinnamon and a piney undertone. Very malty, biscuit and toffee to taste with a pine and citrus pinch as a result of the hops. Well balanced. A nice velvety finish, creamy almost. Subtle carbonation and those malts make for a melt in your mouth crescendo.

4.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
Jamedra (647) - Hostivice, CZECH REPUBLIC - APR 12, 2015
Láhev 355 ml. Aroma je příjemně chlebové s jemným závanem zrajícího sýra. Pěna je zlato bílá, jemná, vysoká a držící. Barva samotného piva je sytě měděná a jemně kalná. Chuť je bohatá, má příjemný sladový základ s chutným komponentem šťávy z exotického ovoce a jemným nádechem vlašských ořechů, finiš je příjemně chmelově hořký a držící. V ústech pivo působí plně, má střední říz a je dobře pitelné. Jaká to lahodná IPA, opravdu velmi povedené pivo.

3.6
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Jabah (177) - Winter Park, Florida, USA - APR 10, 2015
I liked this better than their regular IPA as well, maybe not as hoppy with some spices added instead to make it a tad sweeter. May be better than their regular pale ale as well. Pours a redish-copper color. A nice bitter-sweet flavor. A decent seasonal winter brew.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
RickFifty (630) - Fredrikstad, NORWAY - APR 8, 2015
Amber color, off-white head. Grapefruit nose, caramel, lemon, hints of peach and passion fruit. Grapefruit taste, resin, light sweetness, moderate bitterness, caramel, rich malty. Medium body, soft to average carbonation.


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